Fire Risk Assessments

Fire Risk Assessments

Fire Risk Assessments

A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement if you are responsible for a building. For example, an employer, owner or occupier of premises that aren’t a single private dwelling (a private home) must make sure a suitably competent person completes a Fire Risk Assessment. You have to identify fire risks and hazards in your premises and take appropriate action.

Gunfire’s team of experienced fire risk assessors inspect your property and identify any requirements. These should be acted upon for the building to comply with safety measures.

The 4 types of fire risk assessments Gunfire provide are:

Type 1 Fire Risk Assessments

  • A Type 1 Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is non-destructive and the most common.
  • A Type 1 FRA has the purpose of ensuring that common parts of a building have the arrangements which allow people to escape if there was to be a fire – such as clear signage pointing to entry and exit points.

Type 2 Fire Risk Assessments

  • Type 2 Fire Risk Assessments are rare and usually only recommended if a Type 1 FRA concluded that serious structural flaws in a building might increase the risk of fire spreading.
  • A Type 2 FRA includes destructive sampling.

Type 3 Fire Risk Assessments

  • A Type 3 Fire Risk Assessment is comprehensive. This type of assessment covers all common areas of a building – and individual dwellings.
  • A Type 3 FRA considers all means of escape (including those within individual dwellings), structures, and compartmentation.

Type 4 Fire Risk Assessments

  • Type 4 Fire Risk Assessments are similar to Type 2 FRAs, as they include a destructive sampling, but in both the common parts of a building and living areas – such as apartments. However, type 4 FRAs are more comprehensive.
  • Type 4 FRAs are only required in a limited number of circumstances.